Xbox Game Pass is the gift that keeps on giving, and it looks like subscribers will be embarrassed by the wealth in the coming weeks.
After a stellar November that saw Minecraft, It Takes Two, Football Manager 2022, Forza Horizon 5 and GTA: San Andreas – The Definitive Edition hit the service, one eagle-eyed user on Reddit found the next wave of titles coming to Xbox Game Pass – and I’m probably going to play all of them.
We already knew Hitman: Trilogy and Rainbow Six Extraction were coming to Xbox Game Pass in January, along with Daganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition, which was officially announced today, January 18.
But now we know we’re also getting the fabulous Death’s Door, the exceptional Windjammers 2, Nobody Saves the World from Drinkbox Studios, developer Guacamelee, the dog-centric Pupperazzi, and – probably the best addition – Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master! PC Game Pass subscribers can also look forward to Rainbow Six Siege: Deluxe Edition if the PvE spinoff extraction doesn’t appeal to you.
With such an eclectic mix of genres and titles included in this Xbox Game Pass lineup, there’s bound to be something for everyone – or, if you’re like me, you’ll probably try every game the next time you’re at a loss. what to play for. I just hope my battery from the Switch version of Taiko no Tsujin will work on Xbox.
Opinion: Game Pass is great, but the competition could make it even better
As rumors continue to swirl that Sony is working on an Xbox Game Pass competitor, Microsoft’s service will suddenly have a more similar rival in the game subscription space. Sony has always had its PlayStation Now service, which lets you download PS4 and PS2 games and stream PS3 games, but its offering has always paled in comparison to Xbox Game Pass.
That’s mainly because Microsoft releases its first-party games on Xbox Game Pass on day one, and has also managed to snag a number of high-profile third-party releases, like Outriders, Back 4 Blood, and now Rainbow Six Extraction.
Xbox Game Pass also includes titles optimized for Xbox Series X/S, while PS Now only includes PS4 games that users can play. That means PlayStation owners have had to settle for last-gen versions of titles that have been upgraded for newer consoles, like Marvel’s Avengers. The PS4 version of superhero brawler Crystal Dynamics has arrived on PS Now, while Xbox Game Pass has received the next-gen version.
There’s no doubt that competition will make Xbox Game Pass stronger, though. If Sony can offer a similar service, it will be more incumbent on Microsoft to improve its offer and include more perks and benefits over its rival. Microsoft will also want to retain the more than 18 million subscribers it has attracted over the years, a number that completely eclipses the roughly three million PS Now subscribers.
Of course, the big question on everyone’s lips is whether Sony will put its prized possessions on its next Game Pass rival – its first-party titles. With PS5 games now priced at $70 / £70 / AU$109, a monthly subscription guaranteeing access to the best of Sony’s global studios would certainly appeal to the masses, but we expect to see a significant price hike. if Sony decides. to drop the likes of God of War: Ragnarok on its new service.
Still, if Microsoft maintains this impressive cadence of dropping desirable titles every month, Xbox Game Pass subscribers won’t be too envious of anything Sony may offer in the near future.